KEY FEATURES: Students will actually enjoy reading this book. The author uses his years of experience, including his mistakes, as the foundation for his communication with readers and instructors. Illustrations help make this book even more accessible. The importance and use of theory is clearly articulated and shows students who are often bored or put off by theory how to use it in a way that makes sense. This book prepares new group workers for difficult, challenging groups by reviewing a number of specialized groups. There are a wealth of practice activities for the instructor, including reflection exercises, group lab practice activities, and questions for “further thought.“

The Varieties of Groups

Chapter 3 The varieties of groups

It’s as simple as this. When people don’t unload their opinions and feel like they’ve been listened to, they won’t really get on board.

—Patrick Lencioni

While I was a doctoral student in Buffalo, New York, I did my clinical counseling internship at the university’s counseling center. This was a good-sized counseling center, and we served a large population of undergraduate and graduate students. The counseling center staff comprised a number of skilled clinicians from a variety of disciplines, as well as a handful of graduate student interns like me. We generally met with our clients once a week, and we also met weekly for scheduled clinical case consultations, as well as for individual and group supervision.

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